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oprah: here's what makes my that life is better when you ultimate viewers had never been out of the country and had to and saw such spectacular sights an experience that took jennifer
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from mount laurel, new jersey, would be in australia in a hot long, and i'm a soccer mom, and melbourne and the home of australia's most popular >> i want to take one home for a oprah: every night at sunset on wild penguins emerge from the ocean and march across the beach dunes.
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>> you know what i think would other like penguins. because not it's where a whole group found florida. >> i honestly never used to get oprah: samuel from los angeles, could go snorkeling on this in an ocean and swim with fish. are having the time of our lives
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takes flight at the sydney opera house. hello, sydney! [captioning made possible by king world] captioning institute
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so there. >> all right, andy. keep the faith, dude. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. says his handiwork is the reason the parkers are going to win. so there. >> all right, andy. keep the faith, dude.
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well, we've all heard about people making deathbed confessions but imagine hearing one that reveals the key to making money.
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>> well, one wall street wizard found out he was dying. he did exactly that. telling the world his secret to success. here's david wright. >> reporter: when an author talks about a deadline, it's usually not meant to be taken literally. but gordon murray decided to write his book the day he learned the cancer he thought he had beaten was back. a malignant brain tumor. >> had i been, 10, 20, 30 years younger i think i would have probably wallowed in self-pity and got hung up in that. but i was lucky to be in a spot in my life where i had balance. >> reporter: he set to work authoring a how-to guide to self-investing. for 25 years he worked for wall street's biggest banks. the investment answer is a 66-page book in plain language.
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what you need to succeed long-term in the markets. the opening words, wall street brokers and active money managers use your relative lack of investment expertise to their benefit, not yours. >> i've met nurses, teachers, so many innocent hard working americans who have lost everything because either a broker or their -- even mutual fund has overcharged. >> reporter: he says it wasn't always this way. where did wall street go wrong? >> wall street went wrong -- i think there's a confluence of things, but in the late '70s illegal and unethical were the same. your word was your bond. the client comes first. those expressions started to be replaced, as you know, by liars loans. we can hide debt. >> reporter: greed is good. >> greed is good. >> reporter: the surprising thing is he co-authored the book when he knew he had such little time left. >> am i ready?
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yes. all you have is each minute. the minute you and i have right now. you just go from minute to minute. >> reporter: gordon died at home on saturday, having made the most of every minute. >> staying here at home and just doing the normal stuff and enjoying tv and enjoying the easy conversations that come with your kids in and out and the laughter. and, you know, i'm rich. >> reporter: rich, indeed. >> yeah. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, burlingame, california. >> healthy perspective on life. his book will be out next week. we'll be right back. wswswswswsws
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome back, everybody. time for "the skinny" here. apparently, we talked about this guy for so many times last year. mel gibson. apparently it is the drama with him and the ex-girlfriend, the video he beat her up, the audio
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with racial slurs, degrading her, ranting and raving. getting close to the l.a. district attorney pursuing criminal charges against mel. they're very serious about this. there was a last-ditch meeting tuesday afternoon to get -- his attorney trying to say, please don't. the l.a. d.a. is very determined to get criminal charges in this case. he can pursue it as a felony or misdemeanor. a felony if they pursue that route could be up to four years in prison if convicted that way. apparently, mel is not sweating any of this. he's been spotted in costa rica looking very cheerful and happy and on vacation doing his thing. apparently, criminal charges could come, you know, pretty soon in this case. all of this according to radaronline.com. mel's 55. could be a nasty little trial if this goes. that case just won't go away. >> i have to admit with the next story, i secretly love when joan rivers is feuding with someone because she's hilarious. her latest feud -- it's nothing to do with who she's feeding with. she's feuding with sarah palin. she's apparently talking to tmz and she says, quote, the governor of alaska should go to
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another planet and get out of her face and she was right in blaming palin for the shooting in tucson. all of this was happening, she on the next day was supposed to appear with her daughter on "fox & friends." they promptly canceled that appearance. instead, joan rivers found herself on "the joy behar show" last night. take a listen to what she said. >> i voted for her stupid daughter. i should have -- who couldn't dance. i felt sorry for her. i should have voted for david hasselhoff because he was sober and he would have understood. >> so "fox & friends" has a response. due to the volume of the news topics tomorrow, we decided to cancel joan's appearance. we basically should have rebooked. they say they're in the process of rebooking. on their end they say it's not a feud but joan rivers is obviously looking to start one. >> oh, man. we've all toned down the rhetoric. joan is funny. we'll see where that goes. this story is really utterly meaningless. i find it funny that hollywood people sometimes think their
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business won't get out there, but apparently earlier this month christina aguilera was at a party at jeremy renner -- >> the guy from "hurt locker". >> yes. she was at the party. shows up uninvited to his 40th birthday bash and apparently gets totally wasted, passes out in the bed. she ends up in the bed, passed out, on top of all the coats or whatever. he said he tried to wake her up, what are you doing here? she was slurring her words, couldn't walk out. the boyfriend was trying to shush her up. the rep says she wasn't in the bed but disputes about what a drunken christina does at a party. this is interesting. five years ago kim kardashian had her own sex tape. now she's telling young girls that show "teen mom," you shouldn't idolize the girls on that show. the show does not idolize it at all. they give you the realities of how difficult it is to raise a child. she saw a snippet of it while
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she was on "the today show", she took to twitter, started blogging, saying this isn't trendy. don't idolize these girls. >> still love kim. if your racing thoughts keep you awake...
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. >> some stories to watch today on abc news, president obama leads a tribute on capitol hill, looking on the john f. kennedy president. jfk was inaugurated 50 years ago today. analyst predict a slight increase in the number of existing homes sold last month. a government report watched closely by investors will be released today. and a new study on urban traffic reveals more drivers are on the road last year compared to the previous year. analysts say it's a sign that more people are employed. well, now to our story of the morning. led us to debate. in new york and big cities, everywhere you turn you see pigeons. they leave behind such a mess. here's a question. have you ever seen a baby pigeon?
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>> i haven't. in st. paul, minnesota, they are trying an experimental program aimed at stopping the droppings. you might -- might also explain why you never see any of those baby birds. here is kstp. >> reporter: for nearly two decades doorman chris fisher has looked after guests at the st. paul hotel, but occasionally his looks and his attention -- >> eyes are up. >> reporter: -- are toward the heavens. >> we're dodging the pigeons. >> reporter: like fighter pilots, pigeons invade the area, armed with small lethal bombs which they drop anywhere and everywhere. >> they attack the buildings. they'll come in groups of 20 to 40. >> reporter: their droppings corrode buildings, make sidewalks unsightly. for the past few years, st. paul has tried to clean up the problem by having pigeons go on the pill. >> basically, birth control. >> reporter: call it pigeon planning. the city set up this bird feeder on top of this building and served the pigeons a feed that prevents pigeon eggs from being
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fertilized which means no baby pigeons. >> hopefully they don't get smart enough to figure out what we're feeding them. they just like the food. >> reporter: bill stevenson with st. paul animal control says the pigeon flock at the building was cut by half. now owners at eight other downtown buildings plan on putting up feeders with pigeon birth control pills. >> overnight parking? >> reporter: doorman chris fischer hasn't been the victim of a pigeon dropping and he hopes the pill program keeps it that way. >> i've been attacked by a squirrel, but pigeons, so far, cross my fingers, it's been good. >> brilliant, i think. >> it's such an unbelievable plan. but you have to say, it probably works. sounds like the results there are working. i hate when they do these -- >> as long as they don't do anything on the desk, we should be all right. i was worried how far our graphics department went. >> alfred hitchcock. >> did you hear something? >> shooting. >> no, no. >> that one's trying to kiss you. give it a kiss.
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royal treatment for china's president at the white house. >> we want to sell you all kinds of stuff. >> what's getting accomplished. moving forward. the suspected tucson gunman's first serious charge. and gabby giffords' big step. i'm at plein sud in the heart of tribeca. today on inso many knm neniacin we're going to show you how to make a tuna blt. look at all these layers. >> it's thursday, january 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> that's a sandwich. >> i couldn't count the number of layers. you saw eggs, there's bacon, there's olive tapenade, mayo. yeah, there's a lot. >> the most important question,
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did you bring one in? are we going to eat today? yes! thank you. thank you, vinita. >> for once i did a good job. >> exactly. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. the president of china was welcomed to the white house by a mix of hollywood stars, washington insiders and prominent chinese-americans. >> the state dinner followed a day of tough talks between president hu jintao and president obama. john hendren is joining us from washington with details. hi, john. >> good morning. there is a lot of mistrust between the u.s. and china, so after the white house literally rolled out the red carpet, president obama and hu jintao tried to bridge the gap. president obama greeted china's hu jintao as an ally. >> nations, including our own, will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together. >> reporter: china is also an adversary when the u.s. is challenging on a number of issues, including china's currency manipulation, wide piracy of software and entertainment products in china, and protectionism in trade matters.
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the chinese leader offered a diplomatic push back. >> translator: china and the united states should respect each other's core interest. >> reporter: for the president and the chinese, whose public events are always carefully choreographed, there were some awkward moments. >> i apologize. i thought we had simultaneous translation there. >> reporter: along with the pressure comes a brazen sales pitch. >> we want to sell you all kinds of stuff. we want to sell you planes, we want to sell you cars, we want to sell you software. >> reporter: a new abc news/washington post poll finds most americans feel china is an economic threat and many wonder whether china is an ally or an enemy. >> the reasons why we are rolling out the red carpet is because we think that we'll be able better to answer such a question as we move forward. >> reporter: hu got the royal treatment at a meeting with the nation's top corporate leaders and, as the guest of honor at a white house state dinner. it's hard to overestimate
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china's economic reach. even president obama's bust, sold in the smithsonian museum of american history, made in china. rob and vinita. republican lawmakers in the house have made good on a key campaign promise, repealing health care reform. the 245-189 vote was largely along party lines. republicans in the senate are hoping to force a vote on the issue even if there's no chance it will actually pass. the man accused in the deadly tucson shootings is expected to be arraigned on monday now that he's been indicted by a federal grand jury. the first three counts against 22-year-old jared loughner are for the attempted murders of congresswoman gabrielle giffords and two of her aides. upcoming charges involve other victims and could lead to the death penalty. congresswoman giffords is still beating the odds despite her severe brain injury she was able to stand with a little assistance for the first time yesterday. and tomorrow, just two weeks
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after the shooting, she's expected to head to a rehab hospital in texas. more now from dan harris. >> reporter: when congresswoman giffords is released she will be flown here to the memorial hermann rehab center in houston, considered to be one of the best in the country. in an upbeat e-mail to family and friends obtained by "the new york times," her mother says gabby has scrolled through pictures on her husband's iphone, tried to untie his tie and looked at get-well cards. "every day gabby improves and shows higher levels of comprehension and complex actions." doctors say giffords has still not yet tried to speak and has a long road ahead of her. >> it's not uncommon that a patient, after a severe traumatic brain injury has to relearn a lot of those simple daily activities. >> reporter: meanwhile, investigators in this case are now talking about what they've seen on the surveillance video from the shooting scene which is likely to be key evidence in the trial. jared loughner allegedly walks into the picture in a hurried
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fashion at 10:10 a.m. and shoots the congresswoman right above her left eyebrow from a distance of about three feet. in the video investigators say you can see an act of true heroism. ron barber, a giffords staffer gets hit, and then federal judge john roll dives on top of him to shield him, only to get shot as well. ron barber lived. judge roll did not. investigators say the tapes show how deliberate and calculated the killings were. moments before, loughner can be seen calmly talking to a safeway employee, motioning to his ears that he cannot hear. he was wearing earplugs. the tapes may not be released until loughner's trial begins. by which time the hope is congresswoman giffords is in vastly better shape. dan harris, abc news. two women in florida are under arrest charged in a violent robbery attempt. police say they drove past a 78-year-old woman and dragged her several feet in an attempt to steal her purse.
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the victim is in serious condition with a broken ankle and head injuries. both women are also charged with stealing the purse of a woman in a wheelchair. that woman was unhurt. >> wow. now to a story that is both heartwarming, not to mention breathtaking. the basics here, a pregnant mother in suburban washington, d.c., a drive to the hospital, and a frantic call to 911. wjla has the dramatic details. >> oh, my god. the head is coming out. the head is coming out. okay, okay, all right. >> okay. what's your name, sir? >> matt, m-a-t-t. >> okay. >> oh, my god. the baby's coming out. baby's coming out. >> okay, matt, i need to you calm down, okay? >> oh, my god. oh, my god. i'm holding the baby in one hand. >> is the baby breathing? >> is the baby breathing? yes. yes. the baby's crying? he's crying? okay. baby's crying. holding the baby. >> sounds like he did a great job.
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he's got one more under his belt than most people, so if you see him on the side of the road, you're in the same situation, grab him. >> reporter: with the guidance of the anne arundel fire department, it went off without a hitch. hours later, matt unwound at the medical center. >> just so happy that it worked out the way it did, that there was not even a single complication, other than the fact that he came out a little -- a little sooner than expected. >> reporter: despite the chaos, dad says it's all part of having a son. as he watches him grow, he looks forward to more challenges that they'll face together in the years to come. >> we were there for him then. we'll always be there for him. you know. >> doctors say mom and baby have passed all of their tests. everyone's doing just fine. we don't yet know the baby's name. we have got an update now on that viral video of a woman who was so busy texting, she fell straight into a mall fountain.
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kathy kruse mauer says she's mortified by the incident, which has been seen more than a million times. it turps out she works at the mall. she work -- still makes us laugh. she says instead of laughing at her, the security officers should have checked to see if she was okay. >> but my thing is, the insensitivity and how unprofessional mall security was to not send anybody to see how i was. i could have been really hurt. they were making a mockery out of it and put it on youtube, and i hear about it through other people. >> yes, you do have to feel a little bad for her. >> no, no. >> now, take a listen to this. she's hired an attorney and she's thinking of taking legal action against the mall. that's what she's doing. i'm just reporting it. don't yell at me. >> all right, all right. >> i know how you guys all feel. let's move on. here's a look at your thursday forecast. snow from st. louis to pittsburgh with up to 6 inches in louisville and cincinnati. a mix of rain and snow in little
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rock and nashville. changing to all snow later on. rain in houston and new orleans. showers from seattle to portland. warm and breezy in the southwest. >> 60s in phoenix and sacramento. 11 below zero in fargo. 17 in omaha. 22 in chicago. 34 degrees in baltimore. 54 in atlanta and 60 in new orleans. an adorable, tiny tot is drawing lots of attention in south carolina. >> and the baby koala made his public debut at river banks zoo. he was born in may but he's been growing in his mother's pouch ever since. even though he's too big for the pouch now, you can see he's still not ready to stop clinging to mommy. >> koalas are born and just the size of a jelly bean. they travel through the birth canal to the pouch where they nurse for months. a pretty picture there. there.
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you may remember this unbelievable video we showed you yesterday. this philadelphia neighborhood was rocked by a gas main explosion leaving one person dead. what's even more scary is that the 12-inch pipe that caused that explosion can be found under just about every home in the nation. including yours. david kerley has more. >> reporter: with daylight, a crater of clues from this explosion. watch as workers walk out of a house in a neighborhood where residents reported smelling gas. >> boom. the corner store just went up. >> pieces of the building on the corner, flying through the air. i was like, oh, my god. >> reporter: the power of the
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explosion and the 50-foot high fireball killed one of the gas company workers who responded. three others are in a burn unit tonight in critical condition. the massive explosion came from a high-pressure 12-inch main, a pipe that was traveling through the neighborhood. that was the same situation in northern california last year. when a 30-inch high-pressure main blew up in san bruno, destroying 37 homes, killing eight people. these pipes run almost every road. there are 325,000 miles of those big main pipes and more than 2 million miles of the much smaller pipes that carry gas to your house. there have long been worries about aging infrastructure but that san bruno explosion exposed a problem with simple recordkeeping. the utility thought it had a certain type of pipe underground. turns out it was a weaker type of pipe. federal officials worry this may not be the only case. federal investigators are so concerned they've set up hearings and sent a warning to all pipelines. >> if you don't know what type of pipe you have, you can't do the right risk assessment.
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>> reporter: in philadelphia, the pipe has been capped. as investigators try to figure out what caused the nation's latest deadly explosion. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> thus far investigators have not realized what the cause of this all was but they're saying there's more an an increased urgency to check high-pressure pipelines like david mentioned. we'll be more with after this. this. tatatatatatatatatatatatataa
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♪ welcome back. we have a special treat with us on the show today, chef ed cotton. i feel like you're food royalty to anyone who watches "top chef" like me because we recognize you from season seven. >> well, thanks. >> what was it like being on that?
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it's such a competitive show. anyone that watches it knows you have crazy time constraints and crazy challenges. what was it like for you? >> people could recognize me for my cooking and my ability. >> it was something like i never experienced before. the crazy conditions, twists and turns. not sure what's going to happen. so, it was an interesting way to cook. there's no fudging of the time or anything like that, so you have to be quick on your feet, quick in your mind, and you've got to be quick with the knife. >> we're at your restaurant, you're the executive chef here at plein sud. what kind of food do you serve here? >> traditional french cuisine with a modern approach. >> we like to ask great chefs like yourself, what do you eat in the middle of the night when you come home from work? i love this because this is sort of a healthy twist on a traditional blt. so, we're starting with the tuna, right? >> i always ask for a beautiful ruby red yellowfin tuna seneca. >> what were the spices on this before we get going? salt and pepper, i obviously saw. what were the greens?
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>> tarragon, chervil and some chives. we're going to go ahead and slap that down on the grill. that's the sound that you want to hear. we're going to just grill that, you know, probably like two minutes on each side. so, right now we're just going to take this and going to give it that nice little turn right there to get that nice little cross mark on the tuna. >> so you know you got it at a restaurant versus someone's house, right? >> exactly. while this is grilling out, we could probably go ahead and toast our bread. so, a little bit of olive oil. everything -- everything needs to be seasoned. slap them down right around here you don't want to put them on the hottest part of the grill. >> i know because i have cooked fish before, the second side, like any meat, gets done faster than the first side. so it's almost done. >> this is practically done. now it's time to assemble our sandwich. i love a little arugula and the basil.
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>> when you try to explain to someone what that adds, to add basil and fresh herbs to that, what does it do? >> spiciness from the arugula, the spiciness from the basil. now add the mayonnaise. >> that's good. >> from the top we're going to switch it up and do a black olive tapenade. just a bunch of olives pureed with olive oil, a little capers, a little parsley. i like to introduce a little eggs, tomato, onion and avocado. i went ahead and i cooked up some bacon here. >> sandwich making 101, everyone. >> there is an art to making a sandwich. i always like to start off with a good base, okay? so, i'll put some of the arugula and basil on the bottom. also, you have to remember that every bite that you take of the sandwich, you want to have a little piece of everything. >> okay. >> that's good. i mean, for me, i'd be happy
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with that. i think we can get away with just doing two slices of tomato. if you want, you can put the avocado right on top. >> i'm surprised you're holding out on the bacon, which you take last. >> you have to save the best for last. >> right, right, right. >> and then go ahead and put the eggs straight down the line. >> okay. it's like a little piece of art right now. >> yeah. it's cool. it's a cool looking sandwich. the bacon right there. this is a pretty massive sandwich now. >> yes, to say the least. >> it went from nothing to something. so, what i like to do is i like to put a couple of these skewers in there to hold it together. >> are we going to cut this in half and both try it? >> no. you are. >> oh. this made it easy since i have a little marker. >> exactly. hold them both together. i think it's going to be a good one. let's take a look at this. >> wow. you can actually see every single layer we put into that, too. >> right. that is beautiful right there. >> we should go ahead and
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unhinge our jaws and take a big bite of this one. here we go. oh, wow. the tapenade is really delicious. >> absolutely. >> ed cotton, thank you so much for coming and showing us how to do this very fancy sandwich you made seem very easy for all of our viewers out there. you can logon to get all of the ingredients and to see more of chef ed cotton. >> well, i feel bad because i have eaten like a pig on the show many times. i'm bringing in new blood today, one of our producers here, brandon chase to come out and taste this delicious sandwich. >> wasn't hard to find someone who's willing to eat. >> don't be nervous. >> this has a lot. i have to say, this has a lot. this is a real meal. >> i'm not a big fan of the tuna. brandon, you tell us how that is >> i'll do it with you, too. >> thumbs up? you like it. you like tuna, though? >> uh-huh. >> you have to like tuna to like that sandwich. that's good. >> that's why he wore a tie. he knew this was coming. a tie.
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. "world news now" delivers your "morning papers." for any woman who's ever bought an expensive pair of jeans, you know there's no steadfast rule when it comes to how often you should wash them. people have different ideas. some women say, no, if i wash them, they won't stay as tight. some men don't wash them at all or every day. >> where is this going? >> this kid, take a look at him. he basically said, i'm going to wear my skin-tight jeans for 15 months without washing them. >> ew. >> his idea was to break in the denim so the fabric would hug the contours of his body. >> what guy doesn't like that? >> he wanted those distinct wear lines and creases. then he had another idea. he wanted the funk, willis. then he had another idea. he said, i want to test if these are unsafe. if not washing them would lead to any problems. so he took it to his textile teacher and they said that there
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are -- there were five different kinds of bacteria in the denim. they said the majority were in the crotch and rear end region. but nothing posed a health hazard. bottom line, you really can wear jeans as long as you want because this guy went on to say he spilled food on them, he wore them on hot days. overall he figures he wore them over 200 times during the entire experiment and there was nothing on them that was really problematic in terms of bacteria. >> nothing on them, including -- >> i'll wear my jeans again. >> oh, man. >> just kidding. >> oh, man. all right, i love these surveys. travel & leisure has come out with a survey of america's rudest cities. very interesting here. they measured all kinds of things. affordable hotels, great restaurants, romance potential but this is their list of the rudest cities. any guesses before we show the graphic? oh, there it is. los angeles ranked number one. we took a hit here in our city, new york, then philly, miami and washington, d.c. four of the five, you know, major northeast cities. >> i would also say those are
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also metropolitan areas. there's a lot -- you know what i mean -- >> they say congestion plays a role because people are cramped in. a little southern charm -- you're from texas, i moved here from new orleans. there is something to that southern charm myth. least rude, nashville, savannah, charleston, north carolina. just saying. >> doing them proud in the south. this is a story we thought was interesting and it was in "the wall street journal," believe it or not. they did a test to see if you give out tickets, who responds the fastest? the way they did this, basically made them realize that what we learned in elementary school is mirrored in our adult life. let me give you the background. they basically said, here are free tickets. they sent it out to a whole group of people. what they realized is people whose last names start at the beginning of the alphabet, end up responding slower. why that is? when you're little, remember how you stand in line, a, b, c -- all those people that are a, b, c, d, they think i'm going to be first anyway, who cares. people with the last, n, w, z, we respond first because we're so used to being at the end. apap
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major developments this morning from tucson. legal action against jared loughner. and gabrielle giffords' surprise in her hospital room. important issues addressed during the chinese president's state visit to the white house. >> they're the skeletons in hu jintao's closet. >> protesters demand for change. and hated the hair. how jennifer aniston launched a fashion debate about tv characters. it's thursday, january 20th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> so funny. how long has "friends" been off the air and we're still talking about rachel green's hair? made news all over again. it's so funny. >> when i saw it, she's talking about it in some new magazine article.
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she said something along the lines, i prefer laid back hair and makeup. if you look at her, you can see that case. her defense of hating the hair was high maintenance, a lot of layers. i get it. i liked, it though. might say something about my style. >> please. everyone liked it. good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm vinita nair. congresswoman gabrielle giffords is making more remarkable new strides. she was able to stand for the first time since the shooting that nearly claimed her life. she even scrolled through pictures on her husband's phone. >> meanwhile, a federal grand jury has indicted accused gunman jared loughner and prosecutors are now eyeing the death penalty. diana alvear has the latest. good morning, diana. >> reporter: good morning. these charges are the first of several expected charges against loughner. meanwhile, his intended target is doing better than anyone could have expected, proving her doctors' optimism was well-founded. federal prosecutors announced the first charges against the man accused of perpetrating the massacre in tucson. more charges may follow. charges that could lead to the death penalty. >> i'm at oracle where gabrielle giffords was.
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and i do -- >> reporter: his reported target, congresswoman gabrielle giffords, was shot in the head. her condition so grave, some cable news outlets reported she died. >> the congresswoman has been killed. >> reporter: that's what makes giffords' progress seem almost miraculous. hospital officials say on wednesday she stood with assistance for the first time. giffords will be moved to houston's memorial hermann hospital, renowned for expertise in brain injuries. at her side, as he's been since the day she was shot, will be giffords' husband. mark kelley spoke exclusively to diane sawyer.
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>> how many more days can you sit by her side holding her hand? how many more days can you do it? >> as many as it takes, you know. whatever it takes. >> reporter: charges for the murders of christina taylor green and five other victims are expected to take a little longer because those charges could involve the death penalty for loughner, federal prosecutors are expected to meet additional standards. and now to an extremely disturbing story out of philadelphia. an abortion doctor has now been charged with eight counts of murder. dr. kermit gosnell is accused of killing seven babies using scissors after they were born alive. he's also charged with the death of a female patient. prosecutors say gosnell got rich performing dangerous, often illegal, late-term abortions. his wife and eight others have also been charged. investigators in spokane, washington, say they are pursuing what they call fruitful leads in an attempted bombing. on monday police detonated a pipe bomb contained in a backpack. they say it had a remote detonator and could have caused mass casualties. no one was hurt and now the fbi
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is offering $20,000 for any information. despite those leads, there are still no suspects. barbra streisand, jackie chan and yo-yo ma was among those at the state dinner for the chinese president. the dinner followed a day of serious talks about trade, security and human rights. jake tapper reports from the white house. >> reporter: morning broke with the pomp and circumstance of a state visit. >> on behalf of the american people, welcome to the united states. >> reporter: president obama declared the two superpowers have an enormous stake in each other's success. but the issue of human rights was present all day. in protests across the street about china's oppression of religious minorities in tibet. >> we want to show they're the skeletons in hu jintao's closet. >> reporter: and from the president in his opening remarks. >> history shows societies are more harmonious and the world is more just when the rights and
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responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld. >> reporter: replied president hu -- "china and the u.s. should respect each other's choice of development path and each other's core interests." in other words, back off. but later at a joint press conference a possibly significant change in words. president hu made a concession that experts call a shift in rhetoric, at least, acknowledging, quote, a lot still needs to be done in china in terms of human rights. >> that frank and candid assessment on our part will continue. but that doesn't prevent us from cooperating in these other critical areas. >> reporter: these other areas, the president says, are millions of potential american jobs. as he pushed for hu to open chinese markets to more u.s. products. >> we want to sell you planes. we want to sell you cars. we want to sell you software. >> reporter: announcements of deals for u.s. exports to china worth more than $45 billion. supporting one way or another, the white house says, 235,000 american jobs. one case in point, riverside, california's mvp rv. a chinese company is investing $310 million to export motor homes to china. >> as we get this investment, we're immediately going to be able to put jobs right back here in southern california. over 1,000 jobs that have been
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lost recently. >> reporter: the theme of the state dinner quintessentially american. that's reflected in the decor, the entertainment, jazz, the menu, surf and turf, lobster and ribeye steak, and the quintessential american dessert, apple pie. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. for many americans it was a watershed moment in the nation's history. 50 years ago today president john kennedy took the oath of office. his daughter, caroline, is using the anniversary to launch a new public service campaign aimed at getting young people to volunteer. there will be ceremonies and tributes today on capitol hill as well as at the kennedy center.
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meanwhile, republican lawmakers in the house have quickly carried out a key campaign promise. they have officially repealed health care reform. >> the vote itself will have no impact, it's part of a long-term strategy for the gop. t.j. winick is joining us with more. >> reporter: good morning. the vote could be largely symbolic but republicans say they're sending a message because voters sent one last november. >> on this vote the yeas are 245. the bill is -- >> reporter: before the vote to repeal last year's health care overhaul, republicans called it a government takeover. >> obamacare. >> obamacare. >> obamacare. >> reporter: democrats call it the affordable care act, and accuse the gop of wanting to repeal its most popular features. >> if you are in love with insurance companies and want them to succeed and you don't care about anything else, by all means, this is your team. these are your guys. >> reporter: at times, the debate crossed the line. steve cohen, a democrat from tennessee, compared republican
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arguments to nazi propaganda. >> the germans said enough about the jews and the people believed it and you had the holocaust. you tell a lie over and over and again. we've heard it on this floor. government takeover of health care. there is no government takeover. >> reporter: the house repealed the 2010 law wednesday, though it will likely fail in the senate, where democrats still hold the majority. house republican leader eric cantor insists his party can come up with a better plan. >> we believe that it's bad for the economy and we are going to begin to deliver on posing an alternative and better way for the american people. >> reporter: new house speaker john boehner was asked which of the bill's provisions republicans plan to replace and with what. >> commonsense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance for the american people and expand access. >> reporter: later today, gop leaders are expected to direct house committees to draft health care legislation that reflects those republican priorities. well, now here is a look at your thursday forecast. up to half a foot of snow from st. louis to indianapolis,
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cincinnati and pittsburgh. icy mix turning to all snow in little rock, memphis and nashville. rain from houston to new orleans. showers in seattle and portland. snow in the cascades and more the northern rockies. >> 42 in boise. 39 in salt lake city. fargo's high today is 11 below zero. the twin cities only get up to about 3 degrees. 31 here in new york. 81 in miami. well, disney's biggest ship ever is docking in the bahamas this morning after a mega celebration in florida. >> the disney dream was officially christened yesterday at its new home in port canaveral and lots of fanfare, including a performance by jennifer hudson. >> the 130,000 ton ship is giving the area a big financial boost, generating 450 new jobs. as you probably know, disney is the parent company of abc news. i don't think we'll get free tickets. >> we'll still try. n honking.
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in medical news, there are many unanswered questions when it comes to alzheimer's disease. one of them, how to diagnose it. that could soon change. >> today a panel of experts could recommend to the fda a new test. one that could help detect the disease and change how we find it. dr. richard besser explains. >> reporter: 70-year-old matt wozniak doesn't know why he's been forgetting his keys or what he watched on tv. could it be medication side effects? parkinson's disease? or what everyone fears? >> i guess my wife and children would like to know if i have alzheimer's. >> reporter: but doctors haven't been able to give him that answer, until now. for the first time, a study shows that an imaging test can detect what are called amyloid plaques in a person's brain. an abnormal protein always found in a patient with alzheimer's.
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here's what the study showed. this is a scan of a normal, healthy brain. take a look at this one. the brain lights up, suggesting a high likelihood of alzheimer's disease. until now, the only way to confirm alzheimer's disease was through an autopsy, showing that amyloid plaque was in the brain of someone who suffered dementia. this new test brings us closer to being able to make the same diagnosis while someone is still alive. >> if somebody has been diagnosed clinically with dementia and does not have beta-amyloid then this suggestions it's some other kind of dementia and it's not alzheimer's disease. >> reporter: that's important, because unlike alzheimer's, some types of dementia can be treated. for matt, already diagnosed with dementia, this test opens the possibility of treatment that could change his life. >> i'm really hoping it will help doctors analyze the effects of new treatments.
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>> reporter: alzheimer's disease only causes about half of all the cases of dementia. there are a number of treatable causes, including medication interaction, thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency and even depression. knowing whether you have alzheimer's disease can really matter. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> of course, all of this has been back in the news because of the feud within the reagan family. one of the things they say about alzheimer's, really the level of support you have from people in your daily life it will help you detect early signs. if you're a loner, it's harder to detect. people around you, they notice you forget keys. it depends on your daily interactions how soon this gets desecretaried. >> we've long known, keep the brain active. do crosswords, puzzles, helps fight off the protein. coming up next, the teacher who got in trouble for confronting bullies. >> what she did to stop the nonsense and protect her students. d d d d d d d d d d d
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as a lot of our mom viewers out there know, school bullying is a huge problem in this country. in fact, one in four kids say they've been bullied. >> as a parent, you hope if your child is bullied, a teacher would stop it. what happens when the teacher gets in trouble for doing just that? here's juju chang. >> reporter: the accusations read like a list of warning signs for a 7-year-old who needs help. >> this child has a history of choking, kicking in the groin, pushing off monkey bars to fall down. >> reporter: elaine brown was the boy's second grade teacher and says she saw him hit another second grader at lunchtime. >> to my knowledge, he was never -- i know he was never suspended for that but i don't know if he was even talked to about that situation. >> reporter: in class she asked her students about bullying and the boy happened to be absent one day. >> one by one they came over to me and i documented different things.
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i couldn't write fast enough for what was pouring out of their hearts. >> reporter: she says she talked to each child privately. he spit on me. he always shuns me. he threatened a child with his fist. he was going to bring a real gun to school. he told a child he was going to kim him with the gun. the gun threats made elaine truly alarmed for her students' safety. the 15-year teaching veteran brought her concerns to parents, to the school district and then the principal. she says officials failed to act fast enough. two days later, she called the sheriff's office. >> i did go to law enforcement that evening to try to see if i could do a restraining order. found out i was -- that you cannot do restraining orders with children. the very next day, i receive a letter of reprimand from the principal. >> reporter: she was put on paid leave. five weeks and counting while her conduct is under investigation. did she violate student's privacy? should she have gone to the principal first? the school district declined to talk on camera citing privacy,
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but in a statement said, we have had an anti-bullying and harassment policy in place for years. and when the steps in this policy are followed correctly, we have been successful in addressing these types of issues. the parents' frustrations flooded out in an open school board meeting, most defending the teacher. terri worthington-pack is a parent who volunteers on the playground. >> reporter: could it be these kids exaggerated? >> some things are really true and the things that are really true are really scary. we don't want it to escalate. we want to stop it now. >> reporter: in response, oakhurst held an anti-bullying assembly and all the other teachers issued a statement praising the school and the principal. saying, there are always two sides to a story and we ask you to seek out the facts. they say the controversy should obscure the fact that schools need to act aggressively on the issue. >> bullying prevention is a national problem. although i think we could
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second-guess the teacher, we have to realize she had the best intentions and really wanted to help her students. and it's important that educators take action to stop bullying immediately. >> reporter: the 7-year-old was transferred to another class. experts argue strongly all the kids involved need counseling and early intervention. >> every year we have younger and younger children with very disturbing issues and the potential for violence. >> that was juju chang reporting. one of the interesting things to me is, you wonder how does a bully become a bully? one of the things they're realizing more often is that bullies were often victims at one point. i think that's also a red flag for parents out there. if your kid gets picked on, that conversion from being the victim to the bully, as was the case with the boy in this story, happens quick. >> it does, too. it's a more serious problem than folks may realize. as of october, 14 suicides in this country in the past year
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♪ we were talking about this yesterday. if you probably heard it by now, jennifer aniston has said some hair-raising things about that hairstyle she made famous on "friend," the rachel. >> millions of women, even guys out there, loved the way she looked. she hated it. here's andrea canning with the hairy truth about tv hair.
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>> reporter: in 1995 "the rachel" premiered on "friends" and we're not talking about the character. yes, jennifer aniston's hairstyle actually had a name it was so popular. >> starts pulling me out by my hair. >> reporter: say it ain't so. aniston, now sporting bangs, tells "allure" magazine this month, how do i say this? i think it was the ugliest haircut i've ever seen. what i really want to know is how did that thing have legs? i don't love revisiting that particular era. but her layered locks have a special place in hair history alongside greats like the dorothy hamel wedge cut, twiggy's crop and marilyn monroe's curls. when i was growing up, i wanted farrah fawcett's feathered hair. and i'm not alone. a recent survey of thousands of women voted her style among the most popular of all time. ♪ you know you love me >> reporter: it's actually a boy
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who has the most talked about flip in the country right now. but did justin bieber copy a former teen idol? >> justin stole my haircut. >> reporter: only time will tell if bieber hair fever will last, but one thing is for sure, a bad hair day comes and goes, but really good hair can help make a career, or at least get you mentioned on "friends" like our own george stephanopoulos. >> hello, who are we spying on? >> the white house adviser, clinton campaign guy, great hair, sexy smile, really cute butt. >> i love him. >> reporter: andrea canning, abc news, new york. >> sure george loved that. >> who hasn't had an iffy haircut in the '70s or '80s? people don't always have beautiful hair. >> we all have our moments. we do, we do. depends on -- oh. >> cha cha chia. >> that's our stage manager james. >> oh!
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>> that was last week.
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remarkable reunion. a daughter missing for 23 years. >> i never gave up hope. i always thought my baby was coming back. >> how she discovered she was a stolen child. tucson tragedy. the accused gunman's first charges and congressman giffords' major step forward. and pesky pigeons. >> we're dodging the pigeons. >> controlling those dirty birds using a new approach. it's thursday, january 20th. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> never thought we would be talking about birth control for pigeons but that's what we're doing. good morning, i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. >> we begin with a dramatic family reunion. a daughter who disappeared without a trace 23 years ago is back with her mother this
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morning. >> it's what the family has been praying for all these years. jim dolan of our new york station wabc has details. >> reporter: last time joy white saw her daughter she looked like this, an infant, just 19 days old. but that was 23 years ago, the day carlina was kidnapped from harlem hospital. >> as long as she's all right. god, i hope she's taking good care of my baby. >> reporter: but for 23 years, no one knew. >> i thought about it a lot because one day i was hoping that someone would knock on the door and say, i'm carlina. >> she was a missing link. we have got to come back in the name of jesus. hallelujah. >> reporter: but white's family suddenly has reason to celebrate because this is carlina now, a 23-year-old girl, who tracked down her biological mother when
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she became suspicious about the woman who was raising her. >> i never gave up hope. i always thought my baby was coming back. just the way my sister said she was coming back, that's the way she came back. >> what's that? >> day you need a birth certificate, social security number. >> reporter: mother and daughter are together again as police search for the woman who kidnapped and then raised carlina, who at last is fitting in just fine with her family. >> she was just -- just like she'd been around us all our life. she wasn't no stranger. she was just, you know, just fit right in. >> reporter: how did it all come together? carlina apparently got suspicious of the woman raising her when she went to apply for a driver's license but didn't have any documents she needed. she started looking up missing children's websites and came upon her own case. since then, dna tests have proven the connection. in new york for abc news, jim dolan. >> this case is a quarter century old.
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hospitals have taken steps since then to make sure these cases don't happen again. >> hard to believe, when my niece was born, they put a tag on the umbilical cord. if the baby is moved past an area or a certain doorway, the doors automatically shut. people take kids. i think they do the same thing with bracelets. the bracelet has to match the bracelet on the mom, and the mom has to describe the delivery. just to make sure everything is safe. certainly changed the way they do things. >> good steps. moving on. a federal grand jury has officially indicted the man accused of the tucson shooting rampage. 22-year-old jared loughner is charged in the attempted assassination of congresswoman gabrielle giffords. he's also accused of trying to kill two of her aides. six people were killed in the shootings. they're working on other charges that could lead to the death penalty. and congresswoman giffords has reached yet another milestone in her amazing road to recovery. doctors say she was able to
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stand up, with help, for the first time since she was shot. she even looked at get well cards and pictures on her husband's phone. she's expected to be moved to houston tomorrow to one of the best rehab centers in the country. an update on another story we told you about a few weeks ago involving people on the ground pointing blinding lasers at airplanes. a new report from the faa shows a drastic rise in the past few years. the transportation secretary is calling it, quote, an unacceptable risk to passengers' safety. lisa stark has the story. >> reporter: they're powerful and dangerous. this is a laser pointeded right at a police helicopter in seattle. >> there it is. got him. >> reporter: last april a jetblue flight coming into jfk was targeted. >> were they pointing at you? >> yes, directly pointing right at us. i saw the flash to the left, looked, looked out left as i was landing. >> reporter: the plane with 98 passengers landed safely. shooting a laser at an aircraft may seem like a harmless prank
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but a weak laser like this can cause a blinding flash and can even cause permanent eye damage. >> the amount of light that came from that green laser completely took over the cockpit. >> reporter: sergeant steve robertson was piloting a police helicopter in the skies over glendale, california, when he was struck by a laser. >> immediately, i felt an intense pain in both my eyes. i lost the vision momentarily in both eyes. >> reporter: luckily the other officer in the cockpit was not affected and able to land. the number of incidents is skyrocketing. more than 2800 cases last year, up from 1500 the year before, and 300 just five years ago. the most incidents at airports in los angeles, chicago, phoenix, san jose and las vegas. the beams can travel miles, as demonstrated by our new york affiliate wabc. the laser extending from new jersey to manhattan. and they show just how dangerous the devices are, burning through thick, plastic. >> if it punches through a
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plastic bag, imagine what it can do to your retina. >> reporter: those caught can get jail time. but that has not dimmed the enthusiasm for the practice that could bring down a plane. lisa stark, abc news, washington. just two days after being sworn in the governor of alabama has been forced to apologize for controversial remarks. robert bntdly had told a baptist church audience that only robert bentley said only christians were his brothers and sisters. the governor's comments shocked and offended members of other religious faiths. he's now vowing to work for everyone. >> anyone who heard those words and felt disenfranchised, i want to say that i'm sorry. and if you're -- if you're not a person who can say that you're sorry, then you're not a very good leader. >> the governor is not expected to suffer any serious political backlash as a result of the comments. the chinese president continues his visit to america
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with a stop in chicago. last night hu jintao was honored with a star-studded state dinner at the white house. the theme was all-american with herbie hancock among the jazz great providing entertainment and american classics like maine lobster, apple pie and ice cream were served to the 200 or so guests. house republicans made good on their threat, officially repealing health care reform. all republicans and three democrats voted in favor of the repeal wednesday, but, of course, the vote is largely symbolic. jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: and with that, the house voted to repeal the health care law by a bigger and slightly more bipartisan margin than it passed last year. >> this new law is a fiscal house of cards and it is a health care house of cards. >> reporter: for republicans, a promise kept. although repeal stands virtually no chance of passing in the senate.
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democrats called it a political stunt. the debate was, for the most part, civil until one democratic congressman accused republicans of behaving like nazis. >> they say it's a government takeover of health care. a big lie. you say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually people believe it. the germans said enough about the jews and the people believed it and you had the holocaust. >> reporter: the health care law may not be popular but many of the provisions now in effect are. already seniors are getting more money to pay for their prescription drugs. children can stay on their parents' insurance until age 26. and children with preexisting conditions can't be denied coverage. to kris, whose 4-year-old son who has a heart condition, the law is a life-changer and repeal would be a disaster. >> if we were to lose our health insurance, we could not have coverage for his surgeries that he needs, his ongoing therapies. we would be faced with paying for a lot of that out of pocket or maybe not being able to
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afford it at all. >> reporter: house republicans know the senate, which is controlled by democrats, is not going to repeal the health care law, so their next step is to try to cut off funding for it. even as they try to do that, republicans are saying they'll work to replace the popular provisions of the law such as that guarantee of coverage for those with preexisting conditions. jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. here's a look at your weather. several inches of snow from st. louis to pittsburgh. an icy mix from little rock to nashville and turns to all snow by afternoon. rain along the gulf coast. showers in the pacific northwest. snow in the cascades and northern rockies. >> up to 25 degrees below normal from the dakotas to north texas. a frigid minus 11 in fargo. 19 in kansas city. and just 35 in dallas. 26 in boston. 54 in atlanta. a wet 44 in seattle. 46 in albuquerque. well, some would say fans of the green bay packers have a
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reputation of being among the most dedicated in the nfl and this guy is certainly doing his part. ahead of sunday's nfc champion game against the hated chicago bears. >> andy has been painting the snow outside his flooring store, what else, green and gold. he says his wife did not love the idea, but she's come around as the game gets a little closer. >> i can't get behind yellow snow. just not doing it for me. for all you gamblers, andy says his handiwork is the reason the packers are going to win. so there. >> all right, andy. keep the faith, dude. we'll be back with more "world news now" after this. aith, dude.
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well, we've all heard about people making deathbed confessions but imagine hearing one that reveals the key to
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making money. >> well, one wall street wizard found out he was dying. he did exactly that. telling the world his secret to success. here's david wright. >> reporter: when an author talks about a deadline, it's usually not meant to be taken literally. but gordon murray decided to write his book the day he learned the cancer he thought he had beaten was back. a malignant brain tumor. >> had i been, 10, 20, 30 years younger i think i would have probably wallowed in self-pity and got hung up in that. but i was lucky to be in a spot in my life where i had balance. >> reporter: he set to work authoring a how-to guide to self-investing. for 25 years he worked for wall street's biggest banks. the investment answer is a 66-page book in plain language. what you need to succeed long-term in the markets.
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the opening words, wall street brokers and active money managers use your relative lack of investment expertise to their benefit, not yours. >> i've met nurses, teachers, so many innocent hard working americans who have lost everything because either a broker or their -- even mutual fund has overcharged. >> reporter: he says it wasn't always this way. where did wall street go wrong? >> wall street went wrong -- i think there's a confluence of things, but in the late '70s illegal and unethical were the same. your word was your bond. the client comes first. those expressions started to be replaced, as you know, by liars loans. we can hide debt. >> reporter: greed is good. >> greed is good. >> reporter: the surprising thing is he co-authored the book when he knew he had such little time left. >> am i ready? yes. all you have is each minute. the minute you and i have right now. you just go from minute to minute. >> reporter: gordon died at home on saturday, having made the most of every minute. >> staying here at home and just doing the normal stuff and enjoying tv and enjoying the
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easy conversations that come with your kids in and out and the laughter. and, you know, i'm rich. >> reporter: rich, indeed. >> yeah. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, burlingame, california. >> healthy perspective on life. his book will be out next week. we'll be right back.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ welcome back, everybody. time for "the skinny" here. apparently, we talked about this guy for so many times last year. mel gibson. apparently it is the drama with him and the ex-girlfriend, the video he beat her up, the audio with racial slurs, degrading her, ranting and raving. getting close to the l.a. district attorney pursuing
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criminal charges against mel. they're very serious about this. there was a last-ditch meeting tuesday afternoon to get -- his attorney trying to say, please don't. the l.a. d.a. is very determined to get criminal charges in this case. he can pursue it as a felony or misdemeanor. a felony if they pursue that route could be up to four years in prison if convicted that way. apparently, mel is not sweating any of this. he's been spotted in costa rica looking very cheerful and happy and on vacation doing his thing. apparently, criminal charges could come, you know, pretty soon in this case. all of this according to radaronline.com. mel's 55. could be a nasty little trial if this goes. that case just won't go away. >> i have to admit with the next story, i secretly love when joan rivers is feuding with someone because she's hilarious. her latest feud -- it's nothing
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to do with who she's feeding with. she's feuding with sarah palin. she's apparently talking to tmz and she says, quote, the governor of alaska should go to another planet and get out of her face and she was right in blaming palin for the shooting in tucson. all of this was happening, she on the next day was supposed to appear with her daughter on "fox & friends." they promptly canceled that appearance. instead, joan rivers found herself on "the joy behar show" last night. take a listen to what she said. >> i voted for her stupid daughter. i should have -- who couldn't dance. i felt sorry for her. i should have voted for david hasselhoff because he was sober and he would have understood. >> so "fox & friends" has a response. due to the volume of the news topics tomorrow, we decided to cancel joan's appearance. we basically should have rebooked. they say they're in the process of rebooking. on their end they say it's not a feud but joan rivers is
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obviously looking to start one. >> oh, man. we've all toned down the rhetoric. joan is funny. we'll see where that goes. this story is really utterly meaningless. i find it funny that hollywood people sometimes think their business won't get out there, but apparently earlier this month christina aguilera was at a party at jeremy renner -- >> the guy from "hurt locker". >> yes. she was at the party. shows up uninvited to his 40th birthday bash and apparently gets totally wasted, passes out in the bed. she ends up in the bed, passed out, on top of all the coats or whatever. he said he tried to wake her up, what are you doing here? she was slurring her words, couldn't walk out. the boyfriend was trying to shush her up. the rep says she wasn't in the bed but disputes about what a drunken christina does at a party. this is interesting. five years ago kim kardashian had her own sex tape. now she's telling young girls that show "teen mom," you shouldn't idolize the girls on that show. the show does not idolize it at all. they give you the realities of how difficult it is to raise a child. she saw a snippet of it while she was on "the today show ," she took to twitter, started blogging, saying this isn't trendy. don't idolize these girls. >> still love kim. >> some stories to watch today on abc news, president obama leads a tribute on capitol hill, that show "teen mom," you shouldn't idolize the girls on that show. the show does not idolize it at all. they give you the realities of how difficult it is to raise a child.
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she saw a snippet of it while she was on "the today show", she took to twitter, started blogging, saying this isn't trendy. don't idolize these girls. >> still love kim. if your racing thoughts keep you awake...
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sleep well, on the wings of lunesta. >> some stories to watch today on abc news, president obama leads a tribute on capitol hill, looking back on the john f. kennedy presidency. jfk was inaugurated 50 years ago today. analyst predict a slight increase in the number of existing homes sold last month. a government report watched closely by investors will be released today. and a new study on urban traffic reveals more drivers were on the road last year compared to the previous year. analysts say it's a sign that more people are employed. well, now to our story of the morning. led us to debate. in new york and big cities, everywhere you turn you see pigeons. they leave behind such a mess.
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here's a question. have you ever seen a baby pigeon? >> i haven't. in st. paul, minnesota, they are trying an experimental program aimed at stopping the droppings. you might -- might also explain why you never see any of those baby birds. here is kstp. >> reporter: for nearly two decades doorman chris fisher has looked after guests at the st. paul hotel, but occasionally his looks and his attention -- >> eyes are up. >> reporter: -- are toward the heavens. >> we're dodging the pigeons. >> reporter: like fighter pilots, pigeons invade the area, armed with small lethal bombs which they drop anywhere and everywhere. >> they attack the buildings. they'll come in groups of 20 to 40. >> reporter: their droppings corrode buildings, make sidewalks unsightly. for the past few years, st. paul has tried to clean up the problem by having pigeons go on the pill. >> basically, birth control. >> reporter: call it pigeon planning. the city set up this bird feeder on top of this building and served the pigeons a feed that
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prevents pigeon eggs from being fertilized which means no baby pigeons. >> hopefully they don't get smart enough to figure out what we're feeding them. they just like the food. >> reporter: bill stevenson with st. paul animal control says the pigeon flock at the building was cut by half. now owners at eight other downtown buildings plan on putting up feeders with pigeon birth control pills. >> overnight parking? >> reporter: doorman chris fischer hasn't been the victim of a pigeon dropping and he hopes the pill program keeps it that way. >> i've been attacked by a squirrel, but pigeons, so far, cross my fingers, it's been good. >> brilliant, i think. >> it's such an unbelievable plan. but you have to say, it probably works. sounds like the results there are working. i hate when they do these -- >> as long as they don't do anything on the desk, we should be all right. i was worried how far our graphics department went. >> alfred hitchcock. >> did you hear something? >> shooting.
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>> no, no. wowowowowowowowowowoo
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